Chris Mannix

Chris Mannix

Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated Sports Illustrated senior writer Chris Mannix has boxed with Juan Manuel Marquez, played guard in the NBA's D-League and even tried his hand at bull riding at the Sankey Rodeo School in Martin, Tenn. The latter assignment left him with a bunch of bruises and a fractured collarbone. "I liked all the first-person experiences, but fighting Juan was my favorite assignment for SI," says Mannix. "It was a tremendous experience that required brutal training and introduced me to a fear I never knew I had." Mannix has covered the NBA since he arrived at SI in 2003. He currently writes columns and profiles in the magazine and for SI.com and also serves as SI's NBA draft expert. Among the NBA stars he has profiled: Chris Bosh, Russell Westbrook and Andrei Kirilenko. As a teenager Mannix was a locker room attendant with the Boston Celtics for eight seasons (1995-2003) and covered high school sports for the Boston Globe. "Working for the Celtics was like attending a different fantasy camp every game. I spent pregames D'ing up the likes of Tracy McGrady, Ray Allen and yes, Michael Jordan. Last time I went one-on-one with MJ he beat me 48-0. I got one shot off … and it was blocked." Boxing is also one of Mannix's specialties. He has reported for SI on several championship fights, annually hands out SI.com's boxing awards and writes the website's "Inside Boxing" column. Mannix won the 2012 Boxing Writers Association of America's awards for Best Feature over 1,750 words and Best Feature under 1,750 words. In addition to his duties at SI, Mannix serves as host of The Chris Mannix Show on NBC Sports Radio (Sundays 6–9 p.m. ET) and is a co-host of Voices of the Game, with Newy Scruggs every Wednesday from Noon–3 p.m. ET. In addition, Mannix is a ringside reporter for Epix and Fight Night on NBC and NBC Sports Network, and is a regular guest and fill-in host on The Dan Patrick Show and The Crossover on NBC Sports Network. He also regularly appears on sports radio shows across the country, including weekly appearances in Miami, Orlando and Salt Lake City.  Mannix received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Boston College in 2003 and graduated from Boston College High School in 1998 (which makes him a double Eagle). He resides in New York City.

Celtics forward Jayson Tatum and guard Jaylen Brown keyed Boston’s win and a 3–0 lead in the NBA Finals.
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NBA Finals: Celtics Stave Off Mavericks’ Fourth-Quarter Comeback to Take 3–0 Lead

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each scored at least 30 points, just the second time in Finals history for a Boston duo.

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Holiday (4) led Boston with 26 points in Game 2.
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How the Celtics Held Off the Mavericks to Take a 2–0 NBA Finals Lead

Jrue Holiday stepped up. Jayson Tatum found a way to help other than scoring. And Luka Doncic was once again the only player Dallas could rely on offensively.

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Jayson Tatum, left, made the All-NBA First Team this season while Jaylen Brown narrowly missed making the third team.
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Celtics Present United Front Against Jason Kidd’s Mind Games

Boston’s players said all the right things after the Mavericks coach tried to drive a wedge between their two star players.

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Porzingis came off the bench in his return from a strained calf in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Mavericks.
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Kristaps Porziņģis Makes Immediate Impact in Return From Injury As Celtics Rout Mavericks

Kyrie Irving had a tough outing in his return to TD Garden, the Celtics are willing to let Luka Doncic beat them and more from Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

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Tatum leads a talented Celtics team looking for the franchise's 18th NBA title.
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Defining Questions That Will Decide Celtics-Mavericks NBA Finals

Two NBA assistant coaches give their takes on the biggest keys to the series.

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Porzingis will face his former team, the Mavericks, in the NBA Finals.
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Kristaps Porzingis Found a Fit With the Celtics He Never Could With the Mavericks

Two years after Dallas traded the center, he hopes to return from a strained calf and play in the NBA Finals against his former team.

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Jayson Tatum and guard Jaylen Brown are aiming for their first NBA championship.
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Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown’s Relationship Is Fine, but Their Pairing Could Elevate With a Title

With the 2022 NBA Finals loss still fresh, the Celtics’ elite duo is at a critical juncture in their careers.

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Deontay Wilder suffered his fourth loss in his past five fights on Saturday against Zhilei Zhang.
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Deontay Wilder’s Latest Loss Should Mark the End of a Complicated Career

The Alabama native was a fearsome heavyweight for much of his career, but Saturday’s defeat to Zhilei Zhang is another dent in his legacy.

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Irving (left) will hear plenty of boos in Boston.
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Kyrie Irving Is the NBA Finals Villain

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Usyk became this century's first undisputed heavyweight titleholder after defeating Fury in May.
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Tyson Fury–Oleksandr Usyk Rematch Set for December in Saudi Arabia

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Towns (right) stepped up big in Game 4 to keep Minnesota alive in the series.
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Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards Keep Hope Alive in Minnesota

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Towns must step up for the Timberwolves to have any chance to beat the Mavericks in the West finals.
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If Karl-Anthony Towns Doesn’t Deliver, There Will Be a Reckoning in Minnesota

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